Friday, July 12, 2013

Hurray for the Red, White, and Blue Blog Hop

Welcome to the Hurray for the Red White and Blue Blog Hop!

Today we invite you to come check out this great group of crafters who will be show- casing cards, layouts, or projects featuring America's Patriotic Colors.

Connie Can Crop  is the  first stop on this fun Blog Hop.

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate  your leaving a comment to encourage all my fabulous crafty friends to continue  sharing their ideas and creations.

We have an awesome sponsor and giveaway for this hop!

Heartstring Designs
Heartstring Designs has given us an awesome monthly kit to raffle off to one lucky person!  So what do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of us a  comment letting us know what you like best about our projects.

Then come back to Connie Can Crop and post that you followed the rules. You will have until 9:00 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.  Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment  along the way! 

Ready to join in the fun?

I don't know about you, but when I think of "Red, White, and Blue", my first thoughts go to our military.  That is what inspired me to make this card: 

Front of Card

Inside of Card

This card measures 5" x 5".  I cut it using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. This cartridge has 100 card shapes on it!  This one can be found on page 33, B3, Card, < Square2 >.  I also used this cartridge to cut the next layers on the inside and outside of the card.  The scalloped square can be found on page 33, C3, < Square2 > cut at 4".  The rounded square can be found on page 23, A3, < Square1 > and was cut at 3 3/4" and 4 1/2".

I used 2 stamp sets that are only available this month:  Home of the Brave and Courage. These stamp sets can be purchased only through the end of the month - July 31, 2013 as part of our "Let's Get Patriotic" campaign.  Close to My Heart is donating $3.00 from the Courage stamp set to the USO and $5.00 from the Home of the Brave stamp set as well. I just LOVE this company!


Home of the Brave

I stamped the flag on the front of the card using a technique called "second generation stamping" which means that you ink up your image, stamp "off" the page once, and then stamp "on" your page a second time without re-inking.  You get a "faded" image.   I then took the "first generation" of the stamped image, fussy cut it, and adhered it to the inside of the card.  (I just hate wasting things, don't you?)

For the stars on the right side of the inside of the card, I used a technique called "variegated stamping".  For an explanation of how to do this, please click here for a prior post I created explaining the technique.


If you would like to purchase any of the items used in my project, just click HERE to start shopping!  You can also email me by clicking HERE.

I have decided to do my own personal giveaway for this blog hop as well in light of our "Let's Get Patriotic" campaign.  I will give away the "Courage" stamp set to one lucky hopper!!! To be eligible to win, simply leave a comment below this post.  (NOTE:  U.S. only please)

Up next is Angela of 3 Crazy Monkeys.

Here's our lineup in case you get lost:

1.  Connie - Connie Can Crop  YOU CAME FROM HERE
2.  Lucy - Love 2 Create  YOU ARE HERE
3. Angela - 3 Crazy Monkeys  YOUR NEXT STOP
4. Carolyn - Granny Ma's Creative Blog
5. Pam - Lovebug Creations
6. Holli - http:/Sunflower Holli
7. Carla - RacinCrafts
8. Vicki - Scrapbooking Creations by Vicki
9. Lori - Scrapping' My Stress Away

Thank you so much for stopping by - have a wonderfully crafty day!



  1. Connie's card is adorable - I love all RW&B anyway but the design is very cool.

    Lucy - Awesome card that OWH would love! Beautiful thru and thru.

  2. Such a cool card Lucy! And those stamp sets are great! Thanks for hopping with me!
    Scrappy hugs, Connie

  3. Very lovely patriotic card! TFS!

  4. Gorgeous Card! What an awesome way to honor our Military!

  5. I love your card!! The stamp set is just perfect!!

  6. I am inspired by this. I am starting to make cards for OWH and this would be great for my Any Hero collection. Thanks for the Inspiration. I already follow you via e-mail.

  7. When I think of the Red White and Blue I also think of the Military. I Love your Card and I Love the Stamp Sets that you used. I would be so Excited to win your Giveaway. Thanks so much for the chance. Thanks for Sharing your Card. I'm already a follower. :0)
    cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

  8. What a great card! Really awesome!

  9. I love how you did the second generation staping on the flag and how you used the first gen one for the inside. TFS.
    D~ dmcardmaker (AOL)
    (Google follower)

  10. Beautiful card! What a fantastic tribute to the military!


  11. Wonderful card for the military. Love the stamps you used.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  12. I love that you decorated the inside of the card?

  13. Great card!! Love these stamp sets!!

  14. Lucy, I love your card! Just everything about it. The use of the first generation image is awesome. (I too don't like to waste things-but it truly fits the card perfectly!) I appreciate your explanation of how you did the card as well.

  15. Great card to go along with great stamp sets! The sets are so wonderful for military cards.

  16. Awesome card for our heroes. Happy to be in this hop with you & TFS AJ-


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